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North Pinellas news briefs for March 2

Fine dining A caterpillar gorges on milkweed Friday in a Clearwater yard to prepare for the next big step — spinning a silk chrysalis and hanging from a leaf or twig until metamorphosing into a magnificent monarch butterfly, the only North American butterfly that migrates both north and south as the birds do.

JIM DAMASKE | Times

Fine dining A caterpillar gorges on milkweed Friday in a Clearwater yard to prepare for the next big step — spinning a silk chrysalis and hanging from a leaf or twig until metamorphosing into a magnificent monarch butterfly, the only North American butterfly that migrates both north and south as the birds do.

Clearwater

Study on putting aquarium downtown ready this week

The Clearwater Marine Aquarium has notified the city that a feasibility study on a proposed downtown aquarium will be ready this week.

A Feb. 27 letter from CMA chief operating officer Frank Dame said a delay "beyond our control" was responsible for missing the aquarium's previously stated goal of delivering the study to the city by the end of February.

Dame told City Manager Bill Horne that an executive summary of the report would be available by March 10. But David Yates, the aquarium's CEO, said the executive summary would be publicly vetted toward the end of this week. Yates said he didn't have an exact date for the presentation.

The study, conducted by AECOM, a Los Angeles-based management and technical services firm, was originally slated to be completed by the end of 2013.

In a November referendum, Clearwater voters approved changes to the city charter that allows the aquarium project to move forward.

Opponents of the project have asked why the study wasn't available before the vote and have questioned its delay.

Volunteers needed to teach older adults computer skills

The Aging Well Center at the Long Center is looking for volunteer instructors to help teach computer skills to older adults.

Topics of the classes range from smartphones, tablets and iPads to online shopping, digital photos, Facebook, games, Skype and more. Introduction to Computers and Introduction to Internet classes would also be offered.

The class size that instructors will teach is capped at four when using laptops, due to a limited number of laptops. Tablet and smartphone classes can be larger because participants bring their own devices.

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer computer teacher at the Aging Well Center, email Krystal.Epperson@myclearwater.com or call (727) 562-4803.

Youngest Jazz Band taking new members

For 35 years Sonny LaRosa has kept the art of big band swing and jazz alive through his "America's Youngest Jazz Band,'' and he wants to keep it going by offering a no-fee enrollment to any interested and qualifying musicians.

Auditions, open to anyone 15 years of age or younger who plays saxophone, clarinet, trumpet, trombone, drums, guitar, bass or is a vocalist, will be held by appointment. Call (727) 725-1788.

Belleair

Rezoning proposal changes discussed

The Belleair Town Commission on Tuesday will discuss possible changes staff should make to a Belleview Biltmore rezoning proposal ahead of a March 25 commission vote.

Current zoning on the Biltmore site allows only for a hotel or single-family homes. But last month, commissioners decided they would consider new zoning categories a developer could apply for if he or she wanted to tear down the historic structure to build either condos or a mixed-use project that might include a portion of the 117-year-old hotel.

City leaders on Tuesday will discuss possible tweaks to the density, unit sizes and height bonuses proposed as part of RM-10, a zoning category that would allow 10 residential units per acre on the hotel site.

Town staff expects to separately present the mixed-use proposal for discussion purposes only in April. Two public hearings and votes would be required before either is approved.

Commissioners also will discuss on Tuesday how to honor John J. Osborne, the late Belleair man who willed the town $4 million that was used to buy the Belleview Biltmore Golf Course. Ideas include adding Osborne's name to the golf clubhouse, town hall, a public works building, park or street.

Tarpon Springs

Program to be held about identity theft

A program on identity theft, presented by the Pinellas County Office of Consumer Protection, will be held at 3 p.m. Tuesday at the Tarpon Springs Public Library, 138 E Lemon St. An officer from the Tarpon Springs Police Department's crime prevention unit will also be on hand. For more information, call (727) 943-4922 or email tslibrary@pplc.us.

Palm Harbor

Register now for computer classes

Registration is under way for the Palm Harbor Library Computer Class Series. Participants can sign up for just one or the whole group. Topics will range from learning Internet basics to using the library catalog online.

Here is the schedule.

10-11:30 a.m. Monday, Borrowing Library eBooks; 2-3 p.m. March 11, Learning iPad Basics; 6:30-7:45 p.m. March 18, Navigating the Online Library Catalog; 10-11:30 a.m., March 31, Internet Basics.

Registration is required. Call (727) 784-3332, ext. 3006.

Dunedin

Tibetan doctor to speak at yoga studio

Tibetan doctor Phuntsog Wangmo will stop by Sublime Yoga Studio, 919 Broadway Ave. in Dunedin, at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday to lead a presentation on Tibetan medicine and daily health care.

Attendees will learn how to integrate yoga, behavior, diet, meditations, breathing purification, movement and positive thinking into their daily routines to achieve balance.

The talk will also include guidance on how to improve health before daily habits become chronic problems.

Wangmo, who is the international director of the Shang Shung Institute, the first Tibetan medical school in the west, will also be available for consultations Thursday through March 9.

To schedule an appointment, email Courtney King at tibetandr@gmail.com or call (727) 735-3592. Visit Facebook.com/DunedinHarvest for information.

Visit Dunedin's Scottish sister city

In celebration of Dunedin's 50th anniversary of its sister city relationship, the Dunedin Historical Museum is planning a trip to Stirling, Scotland.

Travelers on the "Tale of Two Sister Cities Tour," set for June 24 to July 3, will also visit Edinburgh and Glasgow. The cost is $2,495 for historical society members and $2,695 for nonmembers.

Among other activities, travelers will attend a re-enactment marking Stirling's 700th anniversary of the Battle of Bannockburn, a decisive victory in the country's war for independence from England; join local Stirling dignitaries for a gala dinner; and tour historic sites.

For more information, contact the historical society's George Nigro at (727) 686-6750 or geornig@aol.com, or Mary Kolb at mkolb@gotravel.com or (727) 733-3498.

North Pinellas news briefs for March 2 02/28/14 [Last modified: Friday, February 28, 2014 6:35pm]
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